On June 19, 2015 the James River crested at an all-time record high of 22.2 feet at the Springfield reporting station. This surpassed the previous record of 22.0 feet set on July 1, 1909. Why does this statistic matter to an architecture firm, you might ask?
Esterly, Schneider was commissioned to design the first building at the new Lake Springfield Park. The new community center provided Springfield and the surrounding area with greater access and enjoyment of Lake Springfield. The Visitor’s Center includes 1,200 S.F. of community room, retail space for canoe rentals and other lake activities. The building also includes public restrooms for use by park patrons. The Ozarks Greenways Trail has also been extended through the site as a part of the master plan.
When designing the building, great consideration was taken to ensure that the 100 year and 500 year flood line did not encroach into where the building sits at the edge of the Lake. Esterly, Schneider determined it would be best to use the 500 year flood line as the point at which to construct this building and to also set the building two feet above the top of the dam, to allow water go over the dam before it could reach the building perimeter. As you can see in the picture below, this design consideration worked!
The Springfield Little Theatre is now in full swing of their 83rd Season at the Lander’s Building in downtown Springfield. The 83rd season features seven hilarious, heartfelt, and inspirational live productions and one unique, immersive special event. Its variety offers something for everyone to enjoy and offers opportunities to get involved.
With a mission to be “a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization energized by the highest artistic ideals that strives to entertain, educate, and involve the community in live theatrical productions and in the preservation of the historic Landers Theatre” the organization truly inspires great performances and a platform for local talent to showcase them to all of us in the area.
Esterly, Schneider is a proud supporter of the Springfield Little Theatre organization and the great contributions it provides to our area. Get involved today and don’t miss a single event!
September 15, 2017
“Roaring River Hatchery, constructed in 1910, is one of the oldest trout hatcheries in the state. Operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation, the hatchery is located in Roaring River State Park, seven miles south of Cassville, on Highway 112. The hatchery is at the head of Roaring River, adjacent to scenic Roaring River Spring. The spring, Missouri’s 20th largest, produces an average of 20.4 million gallons of water per day.” 1
Esterly, Schneider has worked with the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources over the years on a number of projects. Most recently, the firm completed design work for the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) Lodge, located in Roaring River State Park. This renovation project involved the restoration of a three-story lodge built in the 1930’s. This was originally designed as a building with community and dining rooms, and one level of rooms for rent. The building had been previously renovated into offices and a park shop. This project restored the historic building to its previous use for the rental of rooms, and creates 7 units for rent on two floors, with 14 beds total, with kitchenettes, living areas and dining areas in each unit. The building also includes a community room with associated warming kitchen. The historic nature of the building is preserved by the renovation work, and some historic elements of the building have been restored.
Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, an average of 1,860,264 full-time workers missed work each year due to illness during the period between 2005 and 2015.1
Esterly, Schneider is proud to have helped Digital Monitoring Products (DMP) design their interior space to add the Springfield Preventative Medical Clinic, an on-site health clinic, to their facility in Springfield. This concept is part of a larger trend for corporations to provide medical facilities for their employees at their own workplace, to help prevent illness and to help keep their employees healthy and more productive at work. This clinic includes its own waiting area, a physician’s office, two exam rooms and a small lab area.
Visit our Medical Portfolio Project Page to see project photos of the Springfield Preventative Medical Clinic, as well as the other medical projects our firm has completed.
2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Springfield Public Schools. They are Missouri’s largest school district and have a long tradition of providing an excellent educational experience to our local students. Esterly, Schneider has been an active part of the Springfield Public School system as well as the Ozark R-VI School System, providing for each district services to ensure the buildings in which our students learn are suitable and conducive to learning.
Visit our Education Portfolio Page to see what projects we have completed in elementary and secondary education. You can also see how our firm continues to support education in our higher education institutions as well!
401 SOUTH STREET
August 11, 2017
Esterly, Schneider was commissioned to design two floors, for a total of twelve lofts, including one, two and three bedroom units for The Wheeler’s Lofts Development, located at 401 South Street in downtown Springfield.
With an elegant and luxurious feel, this 100 year-old building has become a place to call home in the urban setting of downtown Springfield. The units were designed with a number of individualized options, each loft retaining the original character of brick walls, 12’ ceilings and pine wood floors throughout. This historic site, previously known as Wheeler’s Furniture, was completely renovated with unique amenities such as:
New insulated, noise-reduction windows with original trim preserved
Fiber-optic phone/internet wiring and conduit within walls for cable TV
High-efficiency electric furnace and water heaters
Laundry hook-ups in every unit
Visit our Housing Portfolio Page to view more photos of this project and see the other projects Esterly, Schneider has completed in our area.
July 28, 2017
On Saturday, September 30, Springfield will have two opportunities for you to enjoy a “Night at the Museum.”
You can join the Discovery Center of Springfield for their 2nd Annual Night at the Museum event which will allow you to “Be a mad scientist for the night as (you) celebrate science with food, fun, and discovery while supporting the Discovery Center’s work in providing STEM education to Southwest Missouri.” This event starts at 6pm and tickets may be purchased by going to
Esterly, Schneider & Associates is also proud to be the Presenting Sponsor for the Springfield Art Museum’s 99x: Gilded Coast Glamour. You can join the fun “for the annual 99x (Times) Party, as we recreate glamorous Newport, Rhode Island, the seaside playground of the Vanderbilts, the Astors, and the Rockefellers.
This year’s event will raise funds to restore the glow to noted Luminist painter John Frederick Kensett’s Shore Landscape, Newport which was acquired by the Museum in 1949. Kensett was an influential member of the Hudson River School and a founder of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
99x: Gilded Coast Glamour is a costumed evening adorned and aglow with contemporary style and fashions inspired by Gilded Age Newport. As guests eat, drink, and dance the night away, they will encounter illuminated coastal murals and enter living art tableaus featuring modern takes on the historic interiors of Newport’s radiant mansions, as envisioned by the hottest local artists, tastemakers, and trendsetters.
Creative, lustrous cocktail attire encouraged. Join the revelry and help us bring this important painting back to life by bringing it “back to light.” #GiltGlam.”
In conjunction with The City of Springfield and MoDOT, Esterly, Schneider designed Heer’s Car Park. At 195,976 square feet, it is a 375 space vehicular parking garage on five levels of parking deck. Two levels were deisgned to connect directly back to the Heer’s Tower by a glass sky walk.
The prestressed, precast parking garage is anchored on both ends by vertical stairways with a clear anodized aluminum storefront system and a blue glass façade. The corner of the parking garage is emphasized by a massive column cover that is also made with a clear anodized finish and extends to the top of the last deck at the street intersection. The curved roofs at the top of the stairways create a focus back to the car park and complete the tall vertical towers.
According to the Credit Union National Association, 33.5% of Americans are members of a Credit Union. That is equal to 108,200,000 members! One of those Credit Unions in Southwest Missouri is BluCurrent Credit Union. BluCurrent boasts a membership of 20,613 as of April 30, 2017 and continues to grow substantially every year.
Our Firm had the privilege to design the BluCurrent Operations Center at Sunset and Kansas to assist in the facilitation of their strong growth. The addition to their existing location centralized the administrative offices, allowing for better access to its services by Credit Union members.
The addition also included offices for the Management/Administration, Lending Services, Member Services, Support Services, Accounting Service, Marketing Services, Training Services and Information Systems along with incorporating a new board room, large training room and several conference rooms.